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Diversity counts : gender, race, and representation in Canadian art galleries / Anne Dymond

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Dymond, Anne  Search this
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xviii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Issued also in electronic formats
Tables and figures -- Preface -- Acknowledgments. Counting gender: a statistical overview of gender in solo shows of contemporary art in Canada, 2000-10 / Anne Dymond, Jennifer vanderfluit, Tyler Stewart, Ashley Fulton, and Kaitlynn Smart -- "We're only interested in excellence. We don't care who makes it": thinking through diversity at the National Gallery of Canada -- Let's hear it for the boys! Vancouver and diversity -- Toronto the not-so-good -- Hard facts and soft power: rhetoric, reality, and influence in Montreal -- Conclusion: calls to action. Appendix -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
"Despite the common belief that the art galleries will naturally become more gender equitable over time, the fact is that many art institutions in Canada have become even less so over the last decade, with female artists making up less than twenty-five per cent of the contemporary exhibitions of several major galleries. In the first large-scale overview of gender diversity in Canadian art exhibitions, Anne Dymond makes a persuasive plea for more consciously equitable curating. Drawing on data from nearly one hundred institutions, Diversity Counts reveals that while some galleries are relatively equitable, many continue to marginalize female and racialized artists. The book pursues an interdisciplinary approach, considering the art world's resistance to numeric data, discourses on representation and identity, changing conceptualizations of institutional responsibility over time, and different ways particular institutions manage inclusion and exclusion. A thoughtful examination of the duty of public galleries to represent underserved communities, Dymond's study bravely navigates the unspoken criteria for acceptance in the curatorial world. Demonstrating how important hard data is for inclusivity, Diversity Counts is a timely analysis that brings the art world up to date on progressive movements for social transformation."-- Provided by publisher
Museums and women  Search this
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Art museums--Curatorship  Search this
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